Firm profile submitted by Abdulai, Taiwo & Co
Joint Managing Partners: Ladi Taiwo, Akin Osinbajo, SAN
Partners: Ladi Taiwo, Akin Osinbajo, Alayo Ogunbiyi, Bunmi Binitie
Founded in 1976, ABDULAI, TAIWO & CO. is a full service commercial and IP law firm with a long standing reputation for excellence. The firm’s integrated practice enhances its capability to provide multi-faceted legal advice and due diligence services, and it has “preferred friend” relationships with leading firms across West Africa, which facilitates seamless crossborder services.
ATC is regularly consulted on Nigerian business regulatory issues by local companies and counsel from all over the world: Its international client base includes companies consistently listed in the top echelon of “Fortune 500”; and leading law firm rating agencies have consistently recommended ATC as a leading law firm: IFLR 1000 (1992-2018); Chambers Global (2005-2018); Legal 500 (EMEA) (2005-2018); Who’sWho Legal (2009-2018).
Practice Areas:Corporate/Commercial Law
Energy & Infrastructure
Banking & Finance
Capital Markets (Debt and Equity)
Labour & Employment
■ The firm has a reliable and long standing reputation on Nigerian business regulatory issues, and is the author of some leading books on the subject
Key Clients: The firm was counsel for the following business start-ups: Procter & Gamble Nigeria, Coca-Cola Nigeria; Novartis Pharma Services; Michelin Development Co.; Duracell Nigeria; Nigeria Inter Banks’ Settlement Systems Plc, Abuja Commodities Exchange Plc; Equipment Leasing Association of Nigeria Ltd. Gte.
Public Private Partnerships (PPP/PFI) Projects:
■The firm advises operators, sponsors and financiers on transaction documentation, financial and regulatory issues for Public Private Partnerships (PPP); infrastructure and utilities projects.
Key Deals & Transactions:
Legal Expert and Consortium Member
■ Representing World Bank (PPIAF)/Federal Capital Territory Water Board in Kuje Water Supply PPP Project (OBC);
■ Representing Federal Ministry of Technology/PPP Unit of Federal Ministry of Finance/Central Bank of Nigeria/ Nigeria Postal Service (NIPOST) in Transaction Advisory Services for Nigeria Postal Services (NIPOST) Financial Inclusion PPP Project;
■ Representing Federal Government of Nigeria, Ministry of Transport (Aviation) in Transaction Advisory Services for PPP Development of an Aerotropolis (Airport City)
■ Representing Federal Government of Nigeria, Ministry of Transport (Aviation) in Transaction Advisory Services for PPP Development of Cargo/Agro-Allied Terminals
■ Representing the Project Sponsor in B.O.T. Concession with the Delta State Government of Nigeria for the Warri/Effurum Improvement of Water Supply Services;
■ Representing the Project Sponsor in B.O.T. Concession with the Niger State Government of Nigeria for the Minna/Suleja Water Supply Services.
■ Representing the Project Sponsor in B.O.T. Concession with Enugu State Government of Nigeria for the Enugu improvement of Water Supply Services;
■ Representing Marina Express Train Services as Project Sponsor in the DFBOT Concession with the Lagos State Government of Nigeria for the Lagos Metro Rail Transit (Red Line);
■ Representing the Project Sponsor in the Adiyan Water Supply Scheme Phase 2 – pending RFP bid for B.O.T. Concession with Lagos State Government of Nigeria.
■ Representing the Project Sponsor in the Gwagwalada Infrastructure and Housing Development PPP Project with the Federal Government of Nigeria – Federal Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development;
■ Legal Advisers to Project Sponsor in the Co-location and rebuilding of 100,000 barrels-per-day refinery in Joint-Venture with the Nigeria National Petroleum;
■ Solicitors to the Project Sponsors of the CG-Eko Ventures LLP – a PPP with Lagos State Govt.
■ Representing the Project Sponsor in the Marina Quayside Development project which is a PPP Concession with the Federal Govt. of Nigeria & Lagos State Govt. as Stakeholder grantors.
Banking and Finance:
■ The firm has over the years maintained a strong reputation in advising on all aspects of investment banking and finance transactions; including the first RMBS securitization in West Africa, and Real Estate Investment Trust Scheme (REITS).
Key Clients: The Infrastructure Bank; Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria; “Shelter Afrique” Company for Housing & Habitat in Africa; African Development Bank; Stanbic IBTC Bank (member of the Standard Bank group); Corporates and sub-national governments; Custodian & Security Trustees.
ATC has acted as Lead Counsel on numerous pioneer transactions in Nigeria; bonds, equities and debt securities. Amidst several milestone transactions, ATC was mandated by the Federal Ministry of Finance, as Consultants for the formulation of appropriate legislation and regulatory guidelines for a new capital market framework for Nigeria, and the report eventually metamorphosed into the Investment and Securities Act of 1999 (“ISA”), guiding all securities and capital market transactions in Nigeria. ATC also undertook the legal mandate for registration and incorporation of a new national Stock Exchange, viz. Abuja Commodities Exchange.
Key Clients: Recent transactions include: Series 1, 2 & 3 of Federal Government Guaranteed Notes under the FMBN SPV Issuer NGN 100 Billion Residential Mortgage-Backed Securities Programme; Solicitors to the Tranche 1, 2 & 3 Private Placement of Shares in The Infrastructure Bank Plc. ATC also represents The Nigerian Stock Exchange (“Exchange”) in litigation disputes where the Exchange is joined as a defendant.
Energy and Power:
ATC provides legal advisory and transactional services on business and asset finance, compliance and regulatory matters to clients in the energy and power sector, including the underlisted.
Key Clients: Abuja Electricity Distribution Plc. (the successful bidders under the Federal Government power sector privatization. It is current operator of electricity distribution in the Federal Capital territory and adjoining States); SAKR Power Generation Systems; Energy Transmission Company of Nigeria Ltd. (TCN); JIL-Amber Consortium.
The firm has a strong reputation in privatization transactions advising both on the buyer and seller sides.
Key Clients: The firm has advised the National Council on Privatisation on some of its largest and most complex international tenders, such as: Nitel (the national telecom.); Aluminum Smelter Company of Nigeria; Nigeria Machine Tools.
M&A and Corporate Re-Construction:
■ The firm has significant experience in corporate joint-ventures, cross-border M&A and private equity.
Corporate Regulatory Compliance:
By virtue of its experience and quality services, the firm continues to be the “counsel-of-choice” to several multi-national companies.
Procter & Gamble Co. (“P&G”– is world��s largest manufacturer of household goods, detergents and personal hygiene products); SIAT S.A. N.V. (- the largest integrated agricultural plantations proprietors in West Africa; with plantations in Nigeria, Ghana, Gabon; Cote d’Ivoire and Cambodia); Southern Sun Ikoyi Hotel (member of the Tsogo Sun group); Lloyds Register EMEA; Swiss Biostadt Ltd; Clina-Lancet Laboratories Ltd; Banarly Limited; Mindray Bio-Medical Electronics Co. Ltd.
The dispute resolution team is headed by Akin Osinbajo SAN, a former Attorney-General of Ogun State. The firm’s broad-based practice encompasses matters involving banking litigation, commercial litigation and arbitration, tax controversy, intellectual property, and multi-jurisdictional regulatory enforcement matters.
Key Clients: Procter & Gamble; Transmission Company of Nigeria Ltd. (TCN); The Nigeria Stock Exchange; Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS); Asset Management Company of Nigeria(AMCON); Union trustees Ltd.; The Infrastructure Bank; Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corpn. (NDIC).
Pro bono legal advisers to ‘Nigerian Business Coalition Against Aids Ltd. Gte’ (NIBUCAA); and ‘Save The Children International’ (STC).
- Ndamella House, Suite A-11,
- Plot 500, Tafawa Balewa Way,
- Area 3, Garki,
- Federal Capital Territory
- Tel +234 9 9502101
- Email : [email protected]